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Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859 – 1937)

Midday, Tangiers

Midday, Tangiers

c. 1912
oil on canvas
24 1/8 x 20 in.

Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest, AP.2011.1.1

Henry Ossawa Tanner decided to become an artist at the age of thirteen. His father, a minister in the African Methodist Episcopalian Church, had hoped Tanner would follow in his footsteps, but to no avail. At the age of twenty-one, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where his mentor, Thomas Eakins, encouraged him to study landscape painting. Ultimately, Tanner would settle in Europe but would become recognized as one of the greatest African American artists painting at the turn of the last century.

In 1912, Tanner had the opportunity to spend three months in Tangiers. The resulting body of work focuses on street life at the Casbah, and this work in particular probably depicts the Casbah’s East Gate. Companion pieces from this series can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Henry Ossawa
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Tanner
Permanent Image: 
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1912
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20th and 21st Century European and American Art
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oil on canvas<br />24 1/8 x 20 in.

Henry Ossawa Tanner decided to become an artist at the age of thirteen. His father, a minister in the African Methodist Episcopalian Church, had hoped Tanner would follow in his footsteps, but to no avail. At the age of twenty-one, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where his mentor, Thomas Eakins, encouraged him to study landscape painting. Ultimately, Tanner would settle in Europe but would become recognized as one of the greatest African American artists painting at the turn of the last century.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
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Henry Ossawa Tanner decided to become an artist at the age of thirteen. His father, a minister in the African Methodist Episcopalian Church, had hoped Tanner would follow in his footsteps, but to no avail. At the age of twenty-one, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where his mentor, Thomas Eakins, encouraged him to study landscape painting. Ultimately, Tanner would settle in Europe but would become recognized as one of the greatest African American artists painting at the turn of the last century.

In 1912, Tanner had the opportunity to spend three months in Tangiers. The resulting body of work focuses on street life at the Casbah, and this work in particular probably depicts the Casbah’s East Gate. Companion pieces from this series can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Permanent Art Location: 
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Permanent Artist First Name: 
Henry Ossawa
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Tanner
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
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1912
Permanent Period: 
20th and 21st Century European and American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br />24 1/8 x 20 in.

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In 1912, Tanner had the opportunity to spend three months in Tangiers. The resulting body of work focuses on street life at the Casbah, and this work in particular probably depicts the Casbah’s East Gate. Companion pieces from this series can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
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